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Crime in Hong Kong

Woman, 37, in court charged with murder after daughter’s dismembered body found in Hong Kong flat

But in her first court appearance, she claimed not to understand the allegation and said she was ‘confused’ about events leading to the girl’s death

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 December, 2017, 11:26am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 December, 2017, 11:00pm

A woman accused of murdering her daughter and dismembering her body claimed she did not understand the allegation against her and insisted she remained in a state of confusion, during her first court appearance on Wednesday.

Cao Yan, 37, was arrested on Sunday night after allegedly murdering her daughter Ho Mei-ktt.

As she stood behind the dock at West Kowloon Court, the masseuse, wearing a bright green jacket, squinted and stared at the public gallery every so often.

Told she was being charged with one count of murder, Cao, who was not represented by a lawyer, shook her head multiple times and mumbled: “Do not understand.”

Cao’s comment prompted acting principal magistrate So Wai-tak to patiently ask her: “Do you not understand the allegations or Chinese?”

Cao, who spoke Cantonese with a mainland accent, replied only with: “The allegations.”

But asked if she knew what the term “murder” meant, Cao said she did.

Pressed further, Cao said: “There are so many unclear matters involved in this incident. I, myself, was quite confused about it.”

She was not required to make a plea on Wednesday.

Cao is accused of murdering her daughter at their subdivided home on Canton Road in Mong Kok on December 17.

The prosecutors said police needed more time for further investigations and asked for an adjournment.

The magistrate adjourned the case to February 28 next year.